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CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Carpetbagging Explained: Dirty Socks, A Soiled Shirt And An Old Carpetbag

As the Georgia Senate runoff election enters its final days, the Republican candidate, Herschel Walker, has been accused of carpetbagging. Tapes have surfaced in which he nonchalantly tells the people of Georgia that his home is in Texas. “I live in Texas,” Walker said in January 2022 while speaking to the College Republicans of the University of Georgia. Why did …


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CHEF JEFF: One Byte At A Time — Ham And Bean Soup With Kale

Cold weather is always a great time for soup. It’s a good way to warm up if you’ve been outdoors shoveling the sidewalk after a snowfall or on a walk with the dog. One kind that’s caught our fancy recently has been a version of ham and bean soup, which I’ve been enjoying since childhood. (It was one of my …


JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Kendley Plateau: ‘The Heart of the Badlands’

This article is reprinted from the December issue of Dakota Country magazine, on newstands and in the mail this week. I wish I could tell you there’s a lot to see on Kendley Plateau, south of Medora, N.D. I wish I could, but I can’t, because there’s not much to see there. Mostly Bad Lands, prairie grass, sagebrush and scattered …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Weber State University

The University of North Dakota football team’s valiant rally in the second half of Saturday’s FCS playoff game in Odgen, Utah, against Weber State University fell just short as the Fighting Hawks fell 38-31 to the Wildcats. The Hawks trailed 24-0 in the first half and 31-14 heading into the third quarter before staging the comeback. UND quarterback Tommy Schuster …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Should We Leave The Indictment Of Ex-Presidents Alone?

Donald Trump announced a new run for the presidency Nov. 15. This comes at a time when several investigations seem to be closing in on him. The Justice Department is investigating his appropriation of government documents, some of them highly classified, that belong to the National Archives. For this he may be indicted. The state of Georgia has been investigating Trump’s attempts …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — Actions, Or Inactions, Have Consequences

Just after midnight on Nov. 20, which is Trans a Day of Remembrance, to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of hate and violence, an armed gunman entered an LGBTQ nightclub during a drag show and shot and killed five people, two of whom were transgender individuals. In recent months, anti-gay rhetoric has been …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. North Dakota State University

No. 4 North Dakota State University handed No. 16/23 University of North Dakota a 42-21 Missouri Valley Conference loss Saturday in the Fargodome. The Fighting Hawks (7-4 overall, 5-3 MVFC) trailed 28-14 after the first half but couldn’t overcome the 14-0 first quarter lead racked up by the Bison (9-2, 7-1 MVFC). Cam Miller led NDSU, rushing for 93 yards …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — What Do Museums Represent In The 21st Century?

In London this past week, I ventured to the British Museum (above) to spend some time in the Enlightenment Room, home to an amazing array of artifacts that characterize “the long 18th century” — globes, sextants, maps, telescopes, pressed plant collections, mammoth and mastodon bones. What I principally wanted to see was the Orrery — a tabletop planetarium so ingenious, with …

TERRY DULLUM: The Dullum File — 20 (Or So) More Questions For Doug Allen Nash

We have subjected Nashville recording artist Doug Allen Nash to our 20 (or so) questions before. But since he’ll be back into Grand Forks with an all-new Christmas show at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Empire Arts Center, it seems appropriate to question him yet again. This time about all things Christmas. Doug’s Country …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Denver

The University of Denver men’s hockey team scored 3-2 come-from-behind National Collegiate Hockey Conference win against the University of North Dakota on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Griffin Ness and Chris Jandric scored for the Fighting Hawks (4-4-2 overall, 1-1-1 NCHC). The Pioneers (8-3-0, 4-1-0 NCHC) received goals from Carter King, Aiden Thompson and Jared Wright. UND goaltender Drew …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of South Dakota

Tommy Schuster was 24-for-28 passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead the University of North Dakota football team to a 28-19 Missouri Valley Conference win over the University of South Dakota on Saturday in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (7-3 overall, 5-2 MVFC) trailed twice in the first half but a blocked punt inside the 10-yard-line of …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Pigs

“The other morning, when the scorching sun had shot the mercury up to the hundred mark, we got to reminiscing with one of Minot’s real old-timers, and gleaned some interesting old-time stories that we will now pass on to our readers. We got to talking about ‘pigs’. Thirty or 40 years ago, Minot had a lot of pigs, but many …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — What If They Gave An Election In North Dakota And Nobody Came?

Headlines from this week’s papers: “GOP grows supermajority in North Dakota’s Legislature; Dems have ‘collapsed completely’” “North Dakota sees worst voter turnout this millennium” “DFL wins full control of Minnesota government” “Minnesota voter turnout shaping up to be highest in nation yet again” The Democratic-NPL Party (my party, sadly) in North Dakota is now almost nonexistent. The number of Democrats …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Rattlesnakes: Best Thing I Read Today

When I was a kid in Slope County, North Dakota, the rattlesnakes on our place were abundant. The snakes slithered their way from the den on the rocky hills surrounding our place to Deep Creek, back and forth, on a route that frequently took them through our yard. My late mother could kill rattlesnakes with the best of them. Mother …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Five Reasons Why Book Banning Is Futile

Book banning is on the rise in America. According to PEN America, from July 2021 to June 2022, there were 2,532 instances of individual books being banned, involving 1,648 titles by 1,261 different authors. PEN America is a free expression advocacy group headquartered in New York. In the period from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, Texas had the most …

TONY J BENDER: That’s Life — The Problem Is Not Our Part-Time Legislators

“Of course, I’m just a wild-eyed liberal,” I said sarcastically during a conversation with a conservative friend one day. “No, you’re a moderate,” she said. “You just seem liberal in McIntosh County.” Perhaps so. On social issues, I think government ought to stay out of the bedroom, doctor’s offices and out of our personal lives in general. I don’t believe …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Term Limits? We’ve Already Got ‘Em

Everybody’s talking about term limits this week, in the leadup to Tuesday’s election. Well, not everybody, but it certainly is the topic of discussion at coffee klatches and business lunches. Even one of my lawyer buddies walked up beside me on the track at the Y this morning and asked “What do you think is going to happen with the …

PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — Don’t Let Indifference Destroy Democracy

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel knew what he was talking about. The indifference of the German people, who elected the Nazi Party to …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Twin Buttes: Wilderness And Maybe A Few Sharptails

This article first appeared in the November, 2022 issue of Dakota Country magazine. Long ago, way back in the 1970s, I lived in Dickinson, in western North Dakota, and was a writer and editor for The Dickinson Press. My regular working hours were 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. I was a recently returned Vietnam veteran who needed …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — There’s Going To Be An Election; Ho Hum

There’s an election coming. It’s a pretty boring one. In North Dakota, all the Republicans will win, except in Fargo and a few other places in the Red River Valley. And maybe one Democrat in Bismarck. District 35 Sen. Tracy Potter. I think District 35 is the only district west of U.S. Highway 281 represented by a Democrat except for …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — TR Birthday Shenanigans: Wandering The Northern Bad Lands Of North Dakota

 I don’t even need a map. Just point me west. It wasn’t until the next day, after I was home again, that I realized that — serendipitously — my retreat had taken place on President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. What I knew was that I needed to go. Go. Go. Go. Away to the Badlands. So I went. To the northern …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Arizona State University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team jumped out to a 2-0 in the first nine minutes of its game with Arizona State University on Saturday night but the Sun Devils (5-4-0) rallied for with goals from Matthew Kopperud, Lukas Sillinger and Robert Mastrosimone to claim a 3-2 win over the Fighting Hawks (3-3-1) in the 2022 U.S. Hockey …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — A Modern Journey On The Vestiges Of James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway

Amtrak’s Wink and Nod to the Great Northern I boarded the Amtrak’s Empire Builder train in Minot not long ago, en route to the railroad’s terminus in Seattle. A journey of 1,178 miles, 27 hours, starting at 9 a.m. CDT on a Friday and ending at 10:15 PDT Saturday morning, a day later. That meant we rode in daylight (in late …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Ashley Jewish Homesteader’s Cemetery

The following from “Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota,” William C. Sherman, 2nd edition: “A number of Jewish individuals, at least fifteen, filed on homestead lands about ten miles north of Flasher between 1902 and 1906. Assisted by a Jewish ‘back to the land’ organization, these early settlers located in DeVault Township in Morton County. … Within …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. South Dakota State University

The University of North Dakota football team held South Dakota State University in check for one half but stumbled the final two quarters as the Jackrabbits (7-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) handed the Fighting Hawks (4-3, 3-2 MVC) a 49-35 Missouri Valley Conference loss Saturday in the Alerus Center. No. 20 North Dakota led 21-14 at halftime but was outscored …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Thomas Jefferson As An American In Paris, Revisited

I flew to Paris a few days ago from Bismarck. A distance of 4,397 miles. I left my house at 11 a.m. CDT and arrived at my hotel in the center of Paris, with layovers, just 18 hours later. On the plane (I was in steerage) I was given two pretty good meals, an unlimited supply of alcohol, five bottles …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Jill Fuglie Powers’ Knoephla Recipe

(Posted with the permission of my sister-in-law, Jill, a mostly Norwegian North Dakotan.) No recipe. Hutterite chicken first and foremost. Cook for hours to create chicken stock. Remove chicken. Add chopped celery, onion and carrots. I then add cubes of raw potatoes … then cream. Lots of it. After the potatoes have cooked. Mix knoephla noodle recipe as follows: 6 …

TONY J BENDER — Controversial Pipeline Nears Reality

A controversial pipeline to transport toxic waste across McIntosh County is inching closer to reality. Representatives of Summit Carbon Solutions, the pipeline developer, updated the McIntosh County Commission on their progress earlier this month during the commission’s regular monthly meeting. The $4.5 billion carbon-capture pipeline, if it can overcome significant opposition, would transport liquid CO2 from 32 ethanol plants across …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — Squirrels One, Lillian Zero

Having been inspired by Laura Anhalt a few years ago, I have slowly been acquiring old metal coolers for outside storage of seeds for my bird feeders. This in my attempt to foil the squirrels who have for all the years we’ve lived at Red Oak House busily chewed through every other container, mostly tubs made of thick rubber. Yes, …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — Not The Usual BS Young Men Were Reared On: The Literary Debut Of Dr. Craig Bowron

Today was the official publication date of “Man Overboard: A Medical Lifeline for the Aging Male.” Published by Mayo Clinic Press, it is the literary debut of my good friend, Dr. Craig Bowron, who lives around the corner from my sister, Terri, in St. Paul. I know from some experience that when you are working on a book, the “pub …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Quinnipiac University

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team surrendered a five-goal lead to fall 6-2 to Quinnipiac University on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The No. 3 Fighting Hawks (2-1-1) led 2-1 after one period on goals by Riese Gaber and Jackson Blake, but the Bobcats (2-0-2) scored three goals in just over four minutes in the second period …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Corn Maze: The Enigma Of America’s Multibillion-Dollar Miracle Grain

This is the second of a two-part feature about the intersection of agriculture, business and culture at a place called the Corn Palace in the southeast corner of South Dakota. It is a long way from a roadside attraction dedicated to corn in southeast South Dakota to the mucilage of a $47 billion corn industrial complex that makes maize barely …

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — I Like Dark Chocolate

I like dark chocolate. I played basketball in high school. Mostly I warmed the bench. Once I “made” a basket for the opposing team, Hettinger. At the time, I wondered why lots of people were cheering. Late in his life, my father, in a conversation with me, ruefully admitted, “Yeah, my kids were never great athletes.” My mother played basketball, …

TIM MADIGAN: Anything Mentionable — He Was A Good Man

ON Wednesday night at Texas Christian University, I will be inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. I know. Go figure. I was happy to learn that the master or ceremonies  of the Hall of Fame banquet will be June Naylor Harris, a close friend since the 1980s, when we were both cubs at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. To …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — The Corn Palace And Popular Culture

Although the Corn Palace began its long run with geometric designs, it soon took a thematic approach. The most frequent themes have celebrated the frontier, the homestead period, intrepid pioneers, the American West, plains flora and fauna, the coming of the railroad, and Native Americans, but there have also been years dedicated to Egyptian (1911), Dutch (1914) and even Turkish …

CLAY JENKINSON: The Future In Context — Lessons From The World’s Last Surviving Corn Palace

This is the first part of a two-part feature about the intersection of agriculture, business and culture at a place called the Corn Palace in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Plenty of people happen upon the World’s Only Corn Palace while traveling through South Dakota, perhaps on their way to Badlands National Park or Mount Rushmore. Or the annual Sturgis megamotorcycle rally. Not so many …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Holy Cross

Gavin Hain has been a roll for the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team. The fifth-year senior scored twice and Ethan Frisch and Carson Albrecht each scored once as the Fighting Hawks defeated the College of the Holy Cross 4-1 to complete a weekend sweep of the Crusaders on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Hain has scored six …

DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — ‘Fall Colors On The Red River’

“Fall Colors on the Red River” Sheila and I went out one evening this weekend and went along the Red River for a walk and to photograph the fall colors. It was a perfectly calm evening so the reflections were nice in the water, and with an interesting sky near sunset. We also had time to shoot this portrait along …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Missouri State University

The University of North Dakota football team capped Homecoming Week with an impressive 48-31 win over Missouri State University in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup Saturday afternoon in the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks (3-2 overall, 2-1 MVFC) trailed 21-20 after the first half but outscored the No. 7-ranked Bears (2-3 overall, 0-2 MVFC) 38-10 in the second half to …

JIM FUGLIE: View From The Prairie — Attorneys General — Good Guys And Bad Guys

This article is reprinted from the October 2022  issue of Dakota Country magazine.) OK, I know, I know, I’m not supposed to speak ill of the dead. But I’m going to a little, this month, and then I’m going to offer some praise for the living. And no, it’s not dead critters or fish like you’ll read about elsewhere in …